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5/18/20: Overview: Massachusetts Reopening Plan - Information Provided by Jason Palitsch, Executive Director, The 495/MetroWest Partnership

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released its Reopening Plan, and announced that Phase 1 of the plan will begin, in part, today, Monday May 18th.

Businesses that have operated during the closure because they offer “essential services” will continue to do so throughout the phased reopening. However, they will be required to meet new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards by Monday, May 25th. Click here to access the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.

Each of the 4 phases will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase:
  • If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire state may need to return to an earlier phase
  • The state will partner with industries to draft Sector Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2)

Click Here to Access All Reopening Plan Documents

Click Here for Listing of Industries By Reopening Phase

Click Here to Access the Report of the Reopening Advisory Board


Safer at Home Advisory


Effective today, the Department of Public Health also updated the Stay at Home Advisory, replacing it with a new, “Safer at Home” Advisory. The new Safer at Home Advisory instructs everyone to stay home unless they are headed to a newly opened facility or activity. It also advises those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions to stay home with the exception of trips required for health care, groceries, or that are otherwise absolutely necessary. All residents must continue to wear a face covering in public when social distancing is not possible, and individuals are advised to wash their hands frequently and be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms. Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect.

Mandatory Self-Certification for Reopening Businesses

In order to reopen, a business must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. Required Materials are located on mass.gov/reopening, and include:
  • COVID-19 control plan: Businesses may complete a template to fulfill this requirement. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval, but must be retained on the premises of the business and be provided in the event of an inspection. Click here to access a template COVID-19 control plan.
  • Compliance attestation poster: Businesses are required to sign a poster, attesting that they have completed a COVID-19 control plan, and post it in an area within the business premises that is visible to employees and visitors. Click here to download the poster.
  • Other posters: Businesses are required to post signs and posters describing the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting. These include an Employer Poster and a Worker Poster.

Phase 1: First Portion, Begins Today

Upon implementing new COVID-19 safety standards and completing a self-attestation checklist, the following sectors are permitted to reopen today, Monday May 18th:
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Places of Worship
  • Hospitals and community health centers who attest to meeting specific capacity criteria and public health/safety standards will be allowed to resume a limited set of in-person preventative, diagnostic and treatment services

Each business or Place of Worship will be required to meet the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards referenced above before reopening. Additionally, each industry also has a series of Sector Specific Protocols, that detail the policies workplaces should enforce to maintain compliance:

Phase 1: Later Portion, Starting May 25th

The following sectors, industries, and activities will be permitted to resume on May 25th:
  • Auto dealers and wholesalers (curbside pickup only)
  • Car washes
  • Hair salons / barbershops
  • General office spaces (except in the City of Boston)
  • Lab space
  • Libraries (curbside pickup and delivery only)
  • Pet grooming
  • Retail (curbside pickup only)
  • Certain outdoor recreation activities (including beaches; parks; drive-in movie theaters; select athletic fields and courts; most fishing, hunting, and boating; outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves, and public installations)
  • Other health care providers (not included in the May 18th categorization) who attest to meeting specific capacity criteria and public health/safety standards will be allowed to resume a limited set of in-person preventative, diagnostic and treatment services
Sector Specific Protocols have been published for some of the industries included in the later portion of Phase 1; please click the hyperlink to access the corresponding Sector Specific Protocols. It is critical to review the detailed guidance; for example, office space re-opening on May 25th will be limited to 25% of building capacity.

Public Health Metrics to Determine Advancing to Later Phases

Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase; public health data will determine advancement to later phases. If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire state may need to return to an earlier phase.

Key public health metrics will determine if and when it is appropriate to proceed through reopening phases. They include:

  • COVID-19 positive test rate
  • Number of individuals who died from COVID-19
  • Number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals
  • Health care system readiness
  • Testing capacity
  • Contact tracing capabilities

Later Phases

Sector-Specific Protocols for industries opening in later phases will be published in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2).

In publishing this information, the administration has stressed that this is not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that can open in each phase; it may be updated from time to time.

Phase 2
  • Auto dealers and wholesalers (browsing inside the showroom with restrictions)
  • Libraries (browsing inside the Library with restrictions)
  • Retail (browsing inside the store with restrictions)
  • Casinos (hotel & restaurant portions only)
  • Driving schools (behind-the-wheel training or observation of another student driver; online instruction currently allowed)
  • Hotels (currently open to serve essential workers and vulnerable populations; reopen to serve other guests with restrictions)
  • Other personal services (such as nail salons, day spas, massage therapy, tattoo parlors, electrolysis studios)
  • Restaurants (can begin opening dining areas; currently open for takeout and delivery)

Phase 3
  • Casinos (gaming area)
  • Bars (establishments that only serve alcohol and do not have kitchen areas that prepare food on-site)
  • Gyms, fitness studios
  • Movie theatres
  • Museums
  • Performance venues (such as concert halls, theatres)

Phase 4
  • Large venues (such as arenas, stadiums, night clubs, race tracks, other sports venues)

To Be Determined
  • Amusement parks
  • Flight schools (specific plan being developed)

Enforcement

Enforcement of new safety standards is a joint responsibility between the Department of Labor Standards (DLS), the Department of Public Health (DPH), and local boards of health. Before reopening, businesses must self-certify that they will operate in compliance with the new safety standards and protocols. They will be required to complete a checklist and post a series of posters in a place where they can be viewed by employees and customers. The business must produce this self-certification, if requested by the local board of health, DLS, or DPH.

In some cases, business will also be required to develop a written COVID-19 control plan. Enforcement will scale from verbal consultation and redirection, to written redirection, to fines, and finally to cease-and-desist letters. Local boards of health that need assistance or guidance can call the DLS hotline at (508) 616-0461 x9488 or send an email to safepublicworkplacemailbox@mass.gov.

Transit

The MBTA has been and will continue to implement measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the system to keep employees and riders safer.

While public transportation unavoidably creates some risk of transmission, working together the MBTA, riders and employers can significantly reduce that risk:
  • Riders are required to wear face coverings and must make efforts to distance Riders are asked to avoid riding transit if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
  • Employers are encouraged to stagger schedules and implement work from home policies to reduce demand, especially during rush hours
  • The MBTA will continue to take protective and preventative measures such as frequently disinfecting and cleaning vehicles and stations and providing protective supplies to workers

To mitigate risk while providing appropriate levels of service, the MBTA will:
  • Support the transit needs of essential workers and those returning to the workplace in Phase 1 while continuing with limited service to maximize employee and rider safety
  • Ramp up to a modified version of full service by Phase 3, although social distancing efforts will limit effective capacity on vehicles even after full service schedules are restored
  • Actively communicate public health guidance and schedule adjustments in-station, online, and over social media

Child Care

Child care and summer recreation camps will reopen in a phased approach. The Departments of Early Education and Care and Public Health are developing guidelines that balance families’ need for child care with health and safety. The initial reopening plan will focus on families who have no safe alternative to group care by increasing emergency child care capacity. EEC will also partner with industries returning to work to develop options specific to their workplaces.

In March, the Baker-Polito Administration stood up an emergency child care system to support children of essential workers and vulnerable families with extra virus mitigation protocols. During Phase 1, the emergency child care system we have already in place will be utilized to meet the needs of people with no alternatives for care. Currently, only 35% of emergency child care capacity is occupied, and the system has the ability to serve more families to provide care options as more sectors come back online.

Background

On March 23rd, non-essential businesses across Massachusetts were closed to decrease the transmission of COVID-19. On April 28th, the order to close non-essential businesses was extended until May 18. At that time, Governor Baker announced the formation of a Reopening Advisory Board, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, and comprised of representatives from the business community, public health officials, and municipal leaders from across the Commonwealth. The board met with over 75 business associations, labor unions, non-profits, and community coalitions that collectively represent more than 112,000 businesses and more than 2,000,000 employees. Additionally, the board received and considered more than 3,400 written submissions. Finally, the board established a Municipal Government Workstream that has met three times a week to discuss issues specifically pertaining to cities and towns.

Click Here to Access All Reopening Plan Documents

Click Here for Listing of Industries By Reopening Phase

Click Here to Access the Report of the Reopening Advisory Board

5/1/20: Pro bono legal support

The Attorney General’s Office joined a coalition of law firms, nonprofits, and government agencies – led by Ropes & Gray, Lawyers for Civil Rights and Lawyers Clearinghouse – to launch the COVID Relief Coalition to provide pro bono legal support to vulnerable businesses and mission-driven organizations.Coalition partners have created a new website that will support the coalition’s mission by enabling small businesses and nonprofits to learn about and apply for emergency loans and other sources of relief. The website will connect eligible small businesses and nonprofits to free legal support by coalition partners.In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, coalition partners include the city of Boston; Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Boston Bar Association; The Boston Foundation; United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; Dechert, Fish & Richardson; Foley Hoag; Foley & Lardner; Goodwin, Goulston & Storrs; Mintz, M

4/23/20: Congress Approves Additional Funding for Paycheck Protection Program & EIDL


Both the U.S. Senate and House have now passed, and the President is expected to sign, The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides additional funding to the SBA Paycheck Protection Program for businesses in response to the COVID-19 disaster, among other provisions.

The final bill, summarized below, provides additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing.

Paycheck Protection Program
The bill:
  • Increases the appropriation level for the Paycheck Protection Program from $349 billion to $670.335 billion; this section adds $310 billion for loans and an additional $11.335 billion for administrative fees;
  • Creates a set-aside for Insured Depository Institutions, Credit Unions, and Community Financial Institutions for the Paycheck Protection Program;
  • Defines Community Financial Institutions as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), minority depository institutions (MDIs), certified development companies, microloan intermediaries, and State or Federal Credit Unions

This bill sets aside the following amounts for the Paycheck Protection Program to be made by the following institutions:
  • $30 billion for banks and credit unions, including minority depository institutions (MDIs), with more than $10 billion in assets but less than $50 billion in assets that are PPP lenders; and
  • $30 billion for banks and credit unions with less than $10 billion in assets, as well as all Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), MDIs, certified development companies (CDCs), and microlenders that are PPP lenders.
This set-aside does not prohibit these community lenders to access additional PPP funds available to all lenders.


Economic Injury Disaster Program
The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act expands the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to increase assistance to small businesses by:
  • Increasing the authorization level for the Emergency Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) Grants from $10 billion to $20 billion;
  • Allowing agricultural enterprises as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)) with not more than 500 employees to receive EIDL grants and loans;
  • Appropriating an additional $50 billion for the Disaster Loans Program Account to remain available until expended; and Appropriating an additional $10 billion for Emergency EIDL Grants to remain available until expended.


Health Care Providers
This bill provides $100 billion in FY2020 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, including:
  • $75 billion to reimburse health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to the coronavirus outbreak; and
  • $25 billion for expenses to research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 tests to effectively monitor and suppress COVID-19.
                                                

Quick Guide to State & Federal Assistance Programs - Courtesy of Rep. Josh Cutler; Eligibility rules vary, see links for details (Updated 4/6/20)

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act             

Coronavirus Emergency Loans 

Small Business Guide and Checklist

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Click here for a list of SBA lenders in Massachusetts 

Support for Small Businesses During COVID-19 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program

The MA Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baker-Polito Administration are working closely with the U.S. SBA to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.

  • The 1st step in this process is to meet a minimum threshold of affected businesses within MA. Affected small businesses and non-profits should download, complete, and submit the SBA EIDL Worksheet  & Instructions to expedite activation of the EIDL program.
  • Completed forms can be submitted by email to Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov or by fax to (508) 820-1401.  If you do fax the form, please include your e mail.   Please note, this initial survey form is not a SBA loan application.
  • When the EIDL program is activated, you will be contacted to apply directly to the SBA and this website will be updated with application details. For questions, please contact Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov
  • About the EIDL program: EIDLs provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses until normal operations resume.

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  • Patrick Casey, Chair
  • Paul Hinkley, Vice Chair
  • Ralph Costello
  • Bob Callahan
  • Alex Jowdy
  • Ann Thompson
  • Joseph Scier, Associate Member


Economic Development Committee Mission Statement

The Economic Development Committee should work proactively to promote and encourage the development of Medfield’s business and industrial tax base and to give the Town’s residents more opportunities to live, work and thrive in an economically forward-looking and financially strong community. The Committee should explore ways to support existing businesses and encourage them to stay and expand in the Town and it should seek out new businesses to locate in Medfield. The Committee should strive to market the Town as a good place to do business by seeking ways to create a business-friendly environment, a streamlined permitting, licensing and approval process and a centralized informational source on business opportunities, commercial and industrial real estate options, public and private grant and tax incentives and supporting/encouraging housing that is revenue positive to the Town.